Private Equity

Clients with the most complex private equity transactions and litigation disputes worldwide trust Latham & Watkins to provide legal advice.

Why Latham

Sophisticated Transactional Skill

In 2020, Latham’s Private Equity team worked on more than 395 deals with a value of more than US$309 billion in announced private equity transactions worldwide. From its roots as a pioneer in private equity, Latham's lawyers have grown the practice into one of the largest in the world. The firm has dedicated private equity teams in major financial centers in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. When a client needs in-depth local knowledge and understanding of cross-border legal regimes, Latham’s global footprint ensures it has the resources necessary to structure and execute complex transactions around the world.

Some of the world’s largest private equity firms, middle market private equity investors, energy funds, infrastructure funds, and sovereign wealth funds turn to Latham for legal advice.

Industry Knowledge

Latham’s lawyers have the experience and knowledge to complete the most difficult transactions in industries, such as:

From advising on multibillion dollar “going private” transactions to structuring complex global tax efficient investment vehicles, Latham’s lawyers understand the nuances of the most sophisticated private equity deals and are able to guide clients through the most complex global regulatory environments.

Clients also value Latham’s ability to fully integrate its Private Equity Practice with a leading global Capital Markets and Leveraged Finance Practice that can access capital from any of the world’s financing centers. Latham’s Private Equity Practice includes a dedicated team of banking, mezzanine finance, and capital markets lawyers who handle financing and securities matters exclusively for fund sponsors and their portfolio companies.  

Comprehensive Expertise

Latham assists clients throughout every stage of the investment cycle, and the firm’s lawyers have comprehensive experience in every aspect of global private equity, including:

  • Acquisitions from bankruptcy and rescue investments
  • Carve-out transactions
  • Consortia arrangements
  • Cross border transactions
  • IPO exits
  • Leveraged buyouts
  • Private investments in public companies

Awards & Rankings


  • Three Partners Honored as Notable Rising Stars in Law - September 02, 2021
  • New York M&A Partner Alex Kelly Named 40 Under 40 Honoree - July 15, 2021
  • Latham Again Named Private Equity Firm of the Year in Italy - July 08, 2021
  • Giorgia Lugli Recognized in Rising Stars: Europe's Best Up-and-Coming Female Lawyers - June 29, 2021
  • Latham’s Milan Office Named Team of the Year - June 24, 2021

Latham is known for its “top-tier private equity practice with deeply experienced teams in the UK, Europe and the USA” supported by a sizeable presence in Asia.

Chambers Global 2020


Webcast – 2020 Vision: The Year Ahead in US Oil and Gas M&A

Media Coverage

Rising Star – Technology: Mark BekheitRising Star: Latham & Watkins' David ZiyambiTwo Corporate Lawyers Join Latham


Latham & Watkins Advises Partners Group in Disposal of PG Portfolio Company StraiveCrain's Chicago Business Honors Three Partners as Notable Rising Stars in LawLatham & Watkins Opens New Office in Austin

Thought Leadership

The Latham & Watkins Take-Private GuidePE Views: Insights on the World of Private EquityCapitalizing on Renewable Energy Investments Under the Biden Administration

Webcasts & Podcasts

Podcast – Energy & Infrastructure: Renewables Driving Change in the Investment LandscapePodcast – Foreign Investment Controls: Are We Seeing a More Nuanced Approach to Private Equity?Podcast – The Lipstick Effect: Why Are Beauty Deals Increasingly Attractive for Private Equity?